Taste This: Two Beards Deli and more

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:04 |

Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., the younger bearded brother of the Cherry Deli and cousin to the recently closed 4th Street Deli serves up several dozen of the city's exquisitely stuffed sandwiches and decadent salads.

Brewery Spotlight: Founders Brewing Co.

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:00 |

Founders' growth and current success began in 2007 on Grand Rapids' Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids, nearly 10 years after Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens opened the brewery in the Brassworks Building.

Brewery of the Month: Our Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:52 |

Trevor Doublestein and Dane Sexton have been friends for nearly 12 years. Sexton went to WMU for finance and has held a position with Morgan Stanley for 13 years, while Doublestein went to Columbia for film and worked for his family's construction business in Petoskey.

Taste This: Rustica; The Green Well; Old Burdick's

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:43 |

Co-owner Bill Weier's quote "give me some crusty bread, simple food, good friends and a bottle of wine ... now that is a meal!" does not give Rustica a fair description. This small, cozy Kalamazoo Mall wine bar has a ton more to offer.

March Microbrews: Perrin Brewing Co.

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:10 |

Jarred Sper moved to West Michigan in 2010 with an intense love of craft beer, and was intent on starting up a brewery. He had been a homebrewer for years, and upon meeting Randy Perrin, they decided to go all in and work together to make their mutual dream a reality.

Taste This: Top 5 Brewpub Menus

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:03 |

Brewery Vivant has an ever-evolving rotation of French, Belgian and Bavarian-inspired dishes that deserve a published cookbook. Dinner specials change often and past plates have included roasted half-chickens in a vivacious pan jus and a cumin and bee pollen rubbed pork tenderloin sided with rosemary scented beets.

Cool Brews. Hot Eats. — Tasting Beer in a New Way

Written by Audrey Sochor | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:58 |

With so many businesses devoted to craft brews, and new ones constantly popping up, it's safe to say Grand Rapids loves beer. Recently voted Beer City USA and named one of the Top 10 Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers, the city is home to dozens of microbreweries and counting.

February Microbrews: Grand Rapids Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:40 |

Grand Rapids Brewing Company has finally found a home, back where it started: in downtown Grand Rapids. The original brewery opened in 1893 on the corner of Michigan and Ionia, and found itself defeated by Prohibition in 1920.

Taste This: Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:25 |

Chances are you already know last year was chaotic for couple Gianni and Lisa Licari, having been featured on the Food Network's "3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay." The couple opened the only authentic Sicilian restaurant in Grand Rapids last April with Flay's help, whose greatest accomplishment was convincing Gianni's mother to share several of her secret recipes. Nearly a year later and the Licari's kitchen has settled into a north side pizza staple.

Top 5 Winter Beverages

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 21 December 2012 17:06 |

Cue Vader's Imperial March and storm to downtown Grand Rapids for the inevitable return of Founders Imperial Stout. This 10.5% ABV silky smooth stout is brewed in 10 varieties of malted barley and remains complex and rich.

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